Toronto Silent Film Festival presents Lonesome
Made on the cusp between silent and talkie eras, Lonesome’s heart rests firmly in silent film techniques. Lost for decades, this beautifully restored film is one of the truly last silent masterpieces produced in the USA.
The extroverted humanity of New York comes at a high cost for some and never more so than our two young souls (played by Canadian born Barbara Kent & Glenn Tyron). The fast pulse of the city, the pressure it puts on people constantly surrounded by people, always rushing, never connecting is something which we, as 2019 city dwellers, can relate to. Being lonely in a crowd is not a modern construct.
With definite homages to Metropolis, Man with a Movie Camera and The Crowd, Lonesome humanizes the city experience through Mary and Jim as they try to hold onto their dreams amidst the stresses of mass culture expectations. They meet by chance and attracted to each other, go to Coney Island on a whim (gorgeously photographed with nighttime hand coloured lights) but lose each other in the crowds. They despair at ever finding each other again in the big city.
A touching, funny and bittersweet romance.
Due to some minor dialogue scenes, this film will be screened with its original musical soundtrack.
$15 -$13 Fox Members Festival Pass Holders (Full/Sat/Sun) show your pass and get in for the Fox Member price
Silent Cinema Pop Up Store as well-T-shirts, buttons, books etc.